Lily Bui is a PhD student for MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and has an M.S. from MIT's Comparative Media Studies. She is interested in everything, but when forced to narrow things down, she studies how emerging environmental sensing technologies contribute to urban planning and design.
She works for MIT's Civic Data Design Lab, which borrows from the traditions of science and design to communicate data to new audiences; Harvard Graduate School of Design's Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab (REAL), which pursues the design of digital, virtual, and physical worlds; and iSeeChange, a community climate change conversation rooted in public media and citizen science. She has also done work for MIT's Senseable City Lab, which explores how sensor technology interacts with the urban environment; ArchiMedia, a writing and rhetoric lab that explores various aspects of science communications; and OpenDocLab, a center of documentary research, reflection, and experimentation. She has served as an MIT Public Service Fellow at SensingCity, a smart city initiative in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as Making Sense EU and SmartCitizen at Fab Lab Barcelona in Spain.
In past lives, she worked on the STEM Story Project at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and was the Executive Editor at SciStarter, PLOS CitizenSci, and Discover Magazine's Citizen Science Salon. In past lives, she helped produce the radio show Re:sound for the Third Coast International Audio Festival out of WBEZ Chicago; worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland, at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter; and performed as a touring musician. At her alma mater, the University of California Irvine (ZOT!), she double-majored in Spanish and International Studies.
In her spare time, you will likely see her strumming the ukulele, dancing hula, surfing, or skateboarding.
Lily Bui, sensor journalism researcher for iSeeChange, talks about documenting the environmental shifts witnessed by people across the country in their neighborhoods and connects them to the bigger-picture climate changes transforming all of our lives and livelihoods. Plus: listeners share observations from their own backyards.
The story of a nuclear disaster and what can do you as a citizen scientist to help assess the residual aftermath.
Jacques Cousteau called it the “silent world.” Let’s just say he got that one wrong. Something unusual happens 700 fathoms under the sea. Ocean physics create a special zone where sound travels for hundreds, even thousands of miles.
Bui, L. “Now Open: The Smart City.” In J. Condie and A. M. Cooper (Eds.) Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts, Penrith: University of Western Sydney.
Bui, L. “Sense in the City: Urban Sensing as a Digital Intervention for Planning.” In J. Condie and A. M. Cooper (Eds.) Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts, Penrith: University of Western Sydney.
Bui, L., Gutsche, Jr., R. E., Durandi, J., Kishor, P. (2015) Sensor journalism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensor_journalism.
Bui, L. “Sensor Journalism Communities of Practice.” Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Published November 13, 2014.
Bui, L. “Open Sensors: Calibration, Trust, Certification.” Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Published October 28, 2014.